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Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro II features powerful pickups with push/push for coil splits and boost circuit, '60s neck profile, Gr... Click To Read More About This Product

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Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro II features powerful pickups with push/push for coil splits and boost circuit, '60s neck profile, Grover locking tuners, antique binding, period-correct pickguard, vintage Gibson top hat knobs, and the revolutionary Plek set up.

With all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone that purists love, the new Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro II sports a mahogany body with a thick maple cap for the perfect blend of warmth and clarity. The top is finished in high-gloss lacquer, while the back, sides, and neck have a smooth satin finish that feels great and lets the wood resonate fully. Each Les Paul Traditional also comes with Gibson USA's standard black snakeskin case. Includes case.

Period-Correct Pickguard
The creme-colored pickguard has been a Les Paul staple dating back to the models of the late 1950s and the early 1960s. Many players, however, removed the pickguard from their Les Pauls to show off the beauty of the flame maple tops, prompting Gibson to stop installing the pickguard altogether. During the 1980s and 1990s, Gibson began reinstalling the pickguard in the factory, and the Les Pauls from this era once again arrived in stores bearing the classic, creme-colored pickguard. The Les Paul Traditional comes equipped with a period-correct pickguard, designed to protect the maple top.

Pickups: Neck - '57 Classic; Bridge - Super '57
Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their productions”1955 to 1961”Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone. The '57 Classic and Super '57 pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic at the neck provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch, inspired by those original PAFs that received a few extra turns of wire. The Super '57 bridge pickup debuts in the Trad Pro with a wider frequency response and increased output.

Both are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, 2-conductor braided wiring. Gibson added poly-coated wiring, which improves consistency by eliminating thick or thin spots on the wiring, and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback.

Both pickups offer coil splitting for single-coil sounds and a boost circuit via push/push switching in the volume controls. œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a œSuper Tap coil-tap, which still has a small amount of humbucking. The boost circuit has a user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings) and features true bypass that disengages the boost completely, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone.

Revolutionary Plek Set Up
The Les Paul Traditional is the first model from Gibson USA to utilize the revolutionary Plek machine in setting up the guitar. The Plek is a German-made, computer-controlled machine that carefully measures each fret, along with the fingerboard height under each string, and then automatically dresses each fret, virtually eliminating string buzz and greatly improving the overall playability of the guitar. This pioneering process does in minutes what it takes a luthier several hours”sometimes even days”to accomplish. Every fret is accurately aligned, and the guitar is properly intonated, leaving the instrument "Plek'd" and amazingly playable.

Antique Binding
To see the process of putting the binding on the Les Paul Traditional is to really appreciate the effort and attention that Gibson puts into each instrument. A lone craftsman will carefully glue and fit 2 pieces of binding around the entire body of a Les Paul. He then winds a single, very long piece of narrow cloth around the entire body until the entire surface is nearly covered. The body is then hung to dry for a full 24 hours before it is unwrapped and moved into the next phase of production. It has been done the same way for over 100 years. Some question the value of adding binding, but Gibson believes it is a fundamental part of our rich guitar-making history. The binding adds elegance to the Les Paul Standard, and helps protect the edges of the body. The neck binding is installed over the fret ends, which eliminates sharp fret edges and provides for a smooth neck and easier playability.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost
  • True bypass ensures pure passive Les Paul tone
  • New œSuper ™57 bridge pickup with wider frequency response
  • Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
  • œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
  • Includes hardshell case
Specifications
  • Body: Mahogany
    Top: Carved maple
    Back: Mahogany
    Neck: Set mahogany
    Neck Profile: '60s
    Headstock: Angled
    Scale length: 24-3/4"
    Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
    No. of frets: 22
    Nut width: 1.69"
    Inlays: Trapezoid
    Binding: Antique
    Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with stopbar tailpiece
    Tuners: Locking Grover
    Hardware: Chrome
    Bridge pickup: Super 57 humbucker with push/push coil-splitting
    Neck Pickup: '57 Classic with push/push coil-splitting
    Electronics: 2 volume with push/push coil-splitting, 2 tone (1 with push/push to activate boost), 3-way toggle pickup selector
    Knobs: Vintage Gibson top hats
    Pickguard: Period-correct
    Case: Hardshell
    Other: Plek setup
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GibsonLes Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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Great Les Paul, great price.

I own 2 other 90's era les Paul standards, so when I went in to purchase a new les Paul I was sticker shocked at how much the new standards are priced at....Read complete review

I own 2 other 90's era les Paul standards, so when I went in to purchase a new les Paul I was sticker shocked at how much the new standards are priced at. I then saw the les Paul traditional pro II and noticed it was around the price of what I paid for my standards back in the 90's. I was skeptical because they were priced so much less than a current model standard, so I went home and did some research. What I found was that for the most part these trad pro's are the exact same guitar as my older standards. There are few exceptions but all in all same guitar. The Traditional Pro II is a monster, and everything I expected it to be. The satin finish on the back is actually a nice offset to the high gloss finish on the front. And it feels good on the neck because you don't get that sticky feeling when you sweat. The wood tone quality is exceptional. The guitar is built with the 9 hole weight relief method so the weight relief brings it to the same weight as my older standards, the locking tuners work as expected. The 60's neck feels great, plays great. The electronics are nice, the Traditional pro II model comes with a super 57 in the bridge and a classic 57 in the neck. I was disappointed only because the hang tag in the store said the guitar had a burstbucker III in the bridge, which is what I have in all of my other les Paul's. I brought the guitar back to my local guitar center, and they quickly apologized for the mistake, and took a burstbucker III off the shelf and swapped the pickup out for me free of charge. Great service from my local Jersey store. The push/push pots are nice, I prefer them over push pull. The coil splitting is true coil splitting and sounds great. The 10db boost is nice as well, and can be adjusted via a trim pot located under the back plate. The lid to the battery compartment sucks and is EXTREMELY hard to open. The top is very nice. I am not a big flame and quilt top person, but the guitar does have a nice flame top, not to much, but if you are a flame top person you will like the top. The only thing that would make this model perfect for me is having a locking stop/tail. I will note that before selecting the one I actually ended up purchasing I played a few different ones, and their was a quality control issue. So if you play one and see problems with it, just grab another and inspect. I saw a lot of perfect models, but also a lot of imperfect models. I saw some models with binding issues around the neck joint, some solid finish models where you could see the seam in the top coming through the finish, and also discovered some models have vintage wiring, and some have modern wiring. Google it and you'll see the difference. The model I chose to purchase wasn't wired the way I wanted it, and again my local store said no problem give us a min and we will rewire it for you, again free of charge. All in all this Traditional Pro II is everything a Les Paul should be and in some cases more. I LOVE this guitar, and tone for tone, weight for weight, playability to playability it matches my 90's standards which I love so much.

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Guitar arrived damage

I wouldn't know how it plays because I had to send it back for repairs. Thank you guitar center for sending me a guitar with a broken pot.

I wouldn't know how it plays because I had to send it back for repairs. Thank you guitar center for sending me a guitar with a broken pot.

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By andrew hogan

from New York ny

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

I was surprised on Christmas with a gibson les Paul traditional pro 2 in merlot finish by my wife. This guitar is incredible, have been playing a Jackson RR1 for the last 15 years and I have been eyeing a les Paul to switch it up a bit. I couldn't be more happy with a guitar. The sound and playability on this 6 string are both top notch. Not to mention the finish is gorgeous. I would highly recommend this guitar for all styles because of its incredibly versatile sound, and its sweet feel from top to bottom.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely amazing LP.

By Michael Gattus

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

I picked one of these up in Merlot finish on 14 December, as a christmas gift from my wife. I had been looking at a LP Custom and had researched and played with a few of them quite a bit, but a friend who works at my local GC recommended I try the Trad pro II...and am I glad I did. It doesn't have quite the attack of the Custom, but it's so versatile tonally that I didn't mind the slight trade off. The coil taps plus the boost circuit give a range of tones from nearly acoustic to bluesy to rock without needing pedals. Plugged into my Mesa Roadster with a Fulltone OCD and TS-9, I can get ridiculous metal tones with crazy sustain due to the non-chambered body. This guitar will give you Telecaster tone when you want it but retains the signature Les Paul snarl when you crank the knobs. It's quite honestly given me the ability to play pretty much anything I want (aside from when I want a Floyd Rose) on one guitar - I couldn't possibly be happier with it. I've had it for a little over a month, and if anything it's gotten better as things have settled in with it. The finish is great, the matte 60's neck is super quick, everything just works perfectly. It's a bit heavy, being unchambered, but that was easily resolved for me with a Gibson memory foam strap. If you plan to play long sets with one of these and aren't used to a hefty guitar, invest in a good strap, you won't regret it.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By Joseph Ferris

from Chatsworth, CA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

This guitar has a perfect setup. Out of the box it is one of the finest guitars I've ever played. I have several starts that I love, but this guitar has become my favorite. I got the 60s neck which I prefer. The sound is sweet. I really like the split coil option. This is one nice guitar!!!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sell off your cheap guitars and buy this one.

By john nazaran

from Wichita, KS

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

Ive owned fenders, ibanez, couple esps, epiphones and other lp copies. This thing blows every other guitar Ive ever owned out of the water. The tone is ridiculous. you can get just about anything you want with the 57's and the split coil and boost. this thing sings. you will not want to put it down. Ive NEVER written a review for anything and I felt compelled to do one for this guitar. the set up is pretty descent right out of the box. I got the vintage sunburst and its beautiful. Mine has some flame to it but not too much. It doesn't look like i belong playing back up for prince and the new generation(too much flame). I had to order it at the store and have it shipped but totally worth it. Guys there were very helpful. since i bought it i have been selling off my inventory of other guitars because i dont find myself wanting to play anything else.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't put it down!

By David Brown

from Danville, VA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

Most of the other reviews have about covered it! I have always played Fenders, but have always wanted a Les Paul. Well, I finally bought one in the Merlot color. It is the best feeling guitar that I have ever held. If I had only bought one years ago. I replaced the strings with a 9-42 set, which is what I am used to. And speaking of strings, the locks making re-stringing a breeze. With the variations of the split humbuckers, you can get everything from harmonic distortion to almost acoustic. I have the 60's neck, and it is really nice as well. After watching the Gibson factory tour video, I can see why they are so sought after. I have been playing since I was 12, and just turned 60 in October. This was a birthday-Christmas gift to myself, and I am as happy with it as when I was a kid and got a special toy for Christmas. I bought mine in Greensboro, and I want to that Chuck for helping with the purchase!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Les Paul, great price.

By Mike

from East Brunswick NJ

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

I own 2 other 90's era les Paul standards, so when I went in to purchase a new les Paul I was sticker shocked at how much the new standards are priced at. I then saw the les Paul traditional pro II and noticed it was around the price of what I paid for my standards back in the 90's. I was skeptical because they were priced so much less than a current model standard, so I went home and did some research. What I found was that for the most part these trad pro's are the exact same guitar as my older standards. There are few exceptions but all in all same guitar. The Traditional Pro II is a monster, and everything I expected it to be. The satin finish on the back is actually a nice offset to the high gloss finish on the front. And it feels good on the neck because you don't get that sticky feeling when you sweat. The wood tone quality is exceptional. The guitar is built with the 9 hole weight relief method so the weight relief brings it to the same weight as my older standards, the locking tuners work as expected. The 60's neck feels great, plays great. The electronics are nice, the Traditional pro II model comes with a super 57 in the bridge and a classic 57 in the neck. I was disappointed only because the hang tag in the store said the guitar had a burstbucker III in the bridge, which is what I have in all of my other les Paul's. I brought the guitar back to my local guitar center, and they quickly apologized for the mistake, and took a burstbucker III off the shelf and swapped the pickup out for me free of charge. Great service from my local Jersey store. The push/push pots are nice, I prefer them over push pull. The coil splitting is true coil splitting and sounds great. The 10db boost is nice as well, and can be adjusted via a trim pot located under the back plate. The lid to the battery compartment sucks and is EXTREMELY hard to open. The top is very nice. I am not a big flame and quilt top person, but the guitar does have a nice flame top, not to much, but if you are a flame top person you will like the top. The only thing that would make this model perfect for me is having a locking stop/tail. I will note that before selecting the one I actually ended up purchasing I played a few different ones, and their was a quality control issue. So if you play one and see problems with it, just grab another and inspect. I saw a lot of perfect models, but also a lot of imperfect models. I saw some models with binding issues around the neck joint, some solid finish models where you could see the seam in the top coming through the finish, and also discovered some models have vintage wiring, and some have modern wiring. Google it and you'll see the difference. The model I chose to purchase wasn't wired the way I wanted it, and again my local store said no problem give us a min and we will rewire it for you, again free of charge. All in all this Traditional Pro II is everything a Les Paul should be and in some cases more. I LOVE this guitar, and tone for tone, weight for weight, playability to playability it matches my 90's standards which I love so much.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More color options please

By Erik Hansen

from Los Gatos, CA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

Played this great guitar at the local GC. The boost really made a nice addition from the original Trad Pro. The build quality was great. Can't wait to bring one home, but I will wait until they come out with more colors. I.e. Iced tea, cherry, desert, honey, etc

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Totally impressed

By Bruce Potter

from Baltimore MD

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

I'm getting back in to playing guitar after over 15 years of just letting them hang on my wall. I decided I needed a new guitar that reflected how I play now versus how I played when I was younger. After some research, I settled on the Les Paul Traditional II with the 50's neck. I couldn't be happier. In a fixed bridge setup, I'm not sure what else you could ask for. The push-push pots are a great upgrade from the push-pull style. The Grover lockers make changing strings incredibly easy. With the split coils, you have a huge diversity in tone. And the bright circuit is a nice addition. The build quality is solid (it's a Les Paul. I'd expect nothing less). This guitar is not weight relieved, so it's heavier than other guitars on the market. But it's not heavy enough that it bothers me. And the sound... wow. I love playing this guitar totally clean through my Fender HotRod Deluxe III. Seriously, this is how an electric guitar should sound. I bought this Trad about a month ago and I think I've been up until 1am playing it almost every night. I'm not sure what else I could want out of a guitar.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Try it and you're hooked

By Nathan Pritula

from Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

I've been playing for 20 years now, owned many low-medium end guitars. This guitar is utterly amazing. I bought the Merlot colour and it's a flamed maple top. I've seen others like it too in the Merlot colour. The picture on GC makes it look kind of blotchy, but it is a flame top - awesome. Try it, compare it to other American and Japanese made guitars, and you'll see - this guitar rocks! Waayyyyyy better than any other guitar out there, and at a great price too. So here's the run down: Pros - Great set up, amazing tone, extremely versatile while maintaining the Gibson rock tone, stays in tune and looks flawless. Loving the satin back side. And loving the glossy top. Feels solid and very very heavy. (These models are suppose to use traditional weight relief - the 9-hole method - but it does not feel weight relieved at all...very heavy...very solid). Cons - Almost none. Classic issue with even high end Gibsons and Epiphones is g-string intonation. New strings .10 or .11 guage would easily solve this. New strings or nut lube. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone. I'm definitely going back to GC for my musical needs.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

She is a keeper

By Jim

from San Marcos, Ca

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Pros

  • Push Pull Pup Taps
  • The 60's Slim Neck

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Classic rock

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

I am primarily a Fender guy but I wanted a LP for a long time but I never could seem to settle on one that made me say this is the guitar I have to have. Then I played one of these. I have the Vintage Burst. The fit and finish are fantastic. The 57 Classic and 57 Classic Plus are superb pickups to fill that humbucker need. The coil taps add incredible versatility to an already great guitar. The slims 60's profile has an SG'ish feel to it and fits my hands like a glove. No weight relief so it is a bit on the heavy side but overall I love it!!!

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